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Illinois Bone and Joint Institute – Postgraduate PA Orthopaedic Residency Program

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1775 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Please mail applications to the following address:

Patrick Knott, PhD, PA-C
The Physician Assistant Program
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064-3095

Contact Information

Patrick Knott, PhD, PAC
Program Director
Contact Information:
(847) 578-8689 – Local Phone

Matthew Jimenez, M.D.
Program Director
Contact Information:
(578) 578-8302 – Local Phone


To provide the graduate Physician Assistant with an opportunity to obtain advanced training in orthopaedic surgery.


The residency program offered by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute is a 12 month didactic and clinical training program. The program is modeled after the physician residency program in orthopaedic surgery also offered at the Institute.

This multi-specialty orthopaedic group consists of twelve fellowship-trained surgeons who participate in both the didactic and clinical components in the area of their respective sub-specialties.

University/Institutional Affiliations:

The residency program is offered by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute which is located at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois. This is one of the largest private teaching hospitals in the Chicago suburban area, and also participates in the education of PA students, medical students, and physician residents. The residency program is sponsored by the Physician Assistant Program at Rosalind Franklin University, and the faculty from each program cooperate in the education of PA students and PA residents.

Residency Objectives:

Upon completion, the PA will have an in-depth understanding of the various sub-specialties within orthopaedics, including: trauma, total joint replacement, spine surgery, hand surgery, sportsmedicine, and foot & ankle surgery. The graduate will have had extensive experience in the triage, evaluation, treatment and management of orthopaedic problems in each of these areas. The graduate will have developed into an expert first-assistant in the operating room.

Program Length:

12 Months, beginning July 1st of each year. (For those students in PA Programs that graduate in late summer, a September start is arranged.)

Openings: 5 to 7 residency positions each year.


The didactic and clinical curriculum are integrated. The PA resident will participate in daily teaching rounds, weekly conferences, weekly grand rounds, and weekly interdisciplinary conferences. The clinical curriculum will consist of rotations through the following sub-specialty areas: orthopaedic trauma surgery, total joint surgery, spine surgery, sports surgery, hand surgery, and foot & ankle surgery. The resident will participate in clinics, inpatient care and first-assist in the operating room while on each rotation. The resident will also participate in in-house trauma call approximately one night per week.



Other Fees / Expenses / Tuition:



Health Insurance, Malpractice Insurance. Ten days paid time off.


Arranged individually by each resident. The Medical Center is located in a clean residential area with many apartment complexes nearby.

Credentials Awarded:

Upon completion of the residency program, a certificate of training will be awarded by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be graduates of an ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program and be eligible for (or have passed) the NCCPA board exams. Residents must apply for an Illinois License at the time of their acceptance into the program.

Selection Criteria:

Residents will be selected on the basis of the following:

  • Academic records from their Physician Assistant Program
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from their PA Program Director, the other from a physician or PA preceptor)
  • A personal interview
  • A strong desire to pursue continued education in orthopaedics


Rolling Admissions Process in place. Applications are taken year-round.

To download an application, click on “application”, print and complete by hand, or cut and paste it into a word document. You can then mail, fax or email the completed application to the addreses/number listed on the document. The mailing address for applications is the following:

Patrick Knott, PhD, PA-C
The Physician Assistant Program
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064-3095

The application will soon be able to be submitted online.

About the Program Directors:

Matthew Jimenez is an orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in orthopaedic trauma and total joint replacement. He has a special interest in pelvic and acetabular fractures, and total joint arthroplasty. He teaches and lectures extensively both locally and nationally.

Patrick Knott is a physician assistant with nearly twenty years experience in orthopaedic surgery. He is currently the PA Program director at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He also practices at IBJI in spine surgery.

For More Information Contact:

Patrick Knott, PhD, PA-C
The Physician Assistant Program
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064-3095
(847) 578-8689
(847) 578-8690 fax

Frequently asked questions:

Do I need to be a PA to apply? Yes, you need to be a PA or a PA student, and be eligible for licensure in Illinois to apply.

Do you give preference to spring graduates? No, we have a staggered start with some residents starting in July and some in the fall so that there is a smooth transition and continued high-quality patient care.

Who should my references be? One needs to be your PA program director, the other should be a physician or PA who has been a clinical supervisor (preferably an orthopaedic surgeon).

Is there an application fee? No.

Does this program offer a Master’s Degree? No. It offers a certificate, just like a traditional MD residency program in orthopaedic surgery does. If it is a Master’s Degree that you are after, there are other post-professional Master’s Programs at Rosalind Franklin University that might interest you.

Why should I apply to a residency program? Why not just take a job in orthopaedics? The residency program is very intense, and offers the participants both a wide variety and a large quantity of experiences in a short period of time. We believe that in just 12 months, we can give you the confidence and experience that it would otherwise take many years to attain. This will make you a much more attractive candidate to an employer, and hopefully, allow you to start your career with a higher level of responsibility and pay.

About the Medical Center:

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a 617-bed teaching, research and referral hospital, a Level I trauma center, and one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area. It also is home to Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the greater north and northwest suburban region of Chicago and a major regional referral center for a broad range of infant and pediatric services.

Lutheran General has been recognized 10 times as one of the 100 Top Hospitals and 15 top major teaching hospitals in the country. Since 1999, Lutheran General has been rated by US News & World Report as being one of America’s Best Hospitals, and received ‘top 50 in the nation’ rankings for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties.

Lutheran General is the only hospital in the state and one of just 17 in the country recognized by the Hospital Quality Alliance as having better-than-the-national average results for patients with heart attacks. In addition, the hospital is certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission in recognition of its exceptional outcomes for these patients.

The hospital also was the first in the north and northwest suburbs to be awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s prestigious Magnet designation, the highest honor and level of nursing excellence in the nation.

Lutheran General Hospital is part of Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care, which is the largest health care provider in Illinois and one of the nation’s top health care systems. With more than 25,000 employees and 4,600 affiliated physicians, Advocate serves the health needs of the Chicago metropolitan area through 10 acute care hospitals, including two children’s hospitals and a specialty hospital for extended care needs, three large medical groups, and comprehensive home health and hospice services. Advocate is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization related to both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.